Heather Jacquemin

Heather Jacquemin - Editor

California

For hire: Cutthroat editor who will help you "sound" better, organize your ideas, and avoid embarrassing mistakes—all with love, of course.

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Overview

Heather Jacquemin, founder of HJ's Editing Services and former competitive-journalism teacher, provides all levels of editing and proofreading with accuracy, agility, and acuity. Heather graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English, and is currently pursuing a copyediting certificate through San Diego State University. Heather specializes in fiction, but also excels in the non-fiction realm. Her flexibility in successfully editing historical fiction, memoir, gay romance, paranormal romance, poetry, and children's literature has helped some of her clients to become bestsellers, award winners, and award nominees. When Heather manages to pry herself from the computer's clutches, she may be found whipping up a vegetarian meal, reading how-to books on surviving life with teenagers, or planning her next visit to a poetry slam.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Horror
LGBTQ
Romance

Certifications

  • BA, English
  • Copyediting
  • Technical Communication

Work experience

Freelance Editor

HJ's Editing Services
February, 2011 – Present (almost 8 years)

I've edited historical fiction, M/M romance, paranormal romance, memoir, paranormal, humor, and literary fiction.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

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Anyta Sunday

A slow burn M/M gay romance story following two stepbrothers, Cooper and Jace, from their teenage years to their mid twenties while they're turning from friends to lovers.Igneous.When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who sto... read more

A slow burn M/M gay romance story following two stepbrothers, Cooper and Jace, from their teenage years to their mid twenties while they're turning from friends to lovers.Igneous.When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who sto... read more

Taboo For You (Friends to Lovers Book 1)

Anyta Sunday

Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . . Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years.... read more

Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . . Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years.... read more

Veined (A Guardian of the Angels Book 1)

Anyta Sunday

It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.She can handle it. Mostly. Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bear... read more

It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.She can handle it. Mostly. Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bear... read more

The Douglas Fir

Anyta Sunday

Somehow, someway, Jason will find Noah the most unique and clever gift ever. A gift that will surprise him, and win his heart.A gift that just might be magic.If only that Dave guy would stop getting in the way...(A contemporary gay romance story)

Somehow, someway, Jason will find Noah the most unique and clever gift ever. A gift that will surprise him, and win his heart.A gift that just might be magic.If only that Dave guy would stop getting in the way...(A contemporary gay romance story)

My Two Flags: I pledge allegiance... (Volume 1)

Javier A. Robayo

Antonio Amaya’s life revolved around his family, his friends, and one dream: to live in the United States. When the dream becomes reality, the drastic change creates daunting challenges. Antonio endures exclusion and disdain from his new schoolmates by turning his disillusionment inward. Yearning to belong, he fills the pages of his notebook in the hopes of learning English.But how does a thir... read more

Antonio Amaya’s life revolved around his family, his friends, and one dream: to live in the United States. When the dream becomes reality, the drastic change creates daunting challenges. Antonio endures exclusion and disdain from his new schoolmates by turning his disillusionment inward. Yearning to belong, he fills the pages of his notebook in the hopes of learning English.But how does a thir... read more

Unusual Awakening (Rylee Everley Series Book 1)

S.M. Knowles

With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.Now, two years later, a freak accident involving ... read more

With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.Now, two years later, a freak accident involving ... read more

Mother's Day

Ron Vincent

Phil Oglesby hasn’t spoken to his mother in years. And she doesn’t seem to care until he surprises her with a Mother’s Day visit that becomes the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Williemaye, Phil’s mom, is not a Norman Rockwell mom. For many people the Sunday set aside to celebrate motherhood is often regarded as a celebration of the deepest ties, the warmest memories, and the best emotions. Ph... read more

Phil Oglesby hasn’t spoken to his mother in years. And she doesn’t seem to care until he surprises her with a Mother’s Day visit that becomes the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Williemaye, Phil’s mom, is not a Norman Rockwell mom. For many people the Sunday set aside to celebrate motherhood is often regarded as a celebration of the deepest ties, the warmest memories, and the best emotions. Ph... read more

When the Eye Sees Itself

Eric Borgerson

Award-Winning Genre-Bending Novel: A Legal and Political Epic, Sci-fi Thriller, and Hard-Knocks Spiritual Allegory. First Runner-Up In General Fiction, 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival.In a society that segregates Aggressives and Vulnerables from full-fledged Citizens, a culture war rages over access to the powered class.Behind this public conflict lurks a new technology that enables people to t... read more

Award-Winning Genre-Bending Novel: A Legal and Political Epic, Sci-fi Thriller, and Hard-Knocks Spiritual Allegory. First Runner-Up In General Fiction, 2018 Los Angeles Book Festival.In a society that segregates Aggressives and Vulnerables from full-fledged Citizens, a culture war rages over access to the powered class.Behind this public conflict lurks a new technology that enables people to t... read more

The Angry Woman Suite

Lee Fullbright

2012 DISCOVERY AWARD WINNER, FIRST PLACE, LITERARY FICTIONSAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD, "BEST MYSTERY"2012 GEISEL AWARD FOR "BEST OF THE BEST," SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS 2013 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS GOLD MEDAL, "HISTORICAL MYSTERY"KIRKUS CRITICS' PICKMore from Kirkus Reviews: "Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young... read more

2012 DISCOVERY AWARD WINNER, FIRST PLACE, LITERARY FICTIONSAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD, "BEST MYSTERY"2012 GEISEL AWARD FOR "BEST OF THE BEST," SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS 2013 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS GOLD MEDAL, "HISTORICAL MYSTERY"KIRKUS CRITICS' PICKMore from Kirkus Reviews: "Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young... read more

Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love Book 1)

Anyta Sunday

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…Well, that would be a ... read more

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…Well, that would be a ... read more

Simply Feminine: Surprising Insights from Men

Morgan Wonderly

Simply Feminine is a groundbreaking look at a rarely-explored topic: what men think about women’s femininity. After a decade of research and thousands of hours talking with men, Morgan Wonderly has uncovered timeless truths about femininity that were buried under negative cultural attitudes. Simply Feminine gives men a voice on a subject previously off-limits to them. This eye-opening guide co... read more

Simply Feminine is a groundbreaking look at a rarely-explored topic: what men think about women’s femininity. After a decade of research and thousands of hours talking with men, Morgan Wonderly has uncovered timeless truths about femininity that were buried under negative cultural attitudes. Simply Feminine gives men a voice on a subject previously off-limits to them. This eye-opening guide co... read more

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